Run by Amber and Oswaldo Freire, an American-born interior designer and her Ecuadorian mountain climber husband, this luxury lodge on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano feels like another world from the rest of Quito, though it's just 10 minutes away. The hacienda, in Oswaldo's family for 60 years before being turned into a hotel, borders the national park and is surrounded by old-growth forests, which are known to attract the occasional Andean critter. The rooms are quite spacious. There are many charming touches, like hand-painted ceramic toilets, adobe walls, red tile floors, brass sinks, and exposed beams. The hacienda's restaurant, an Ecuadorian-Irish pub with a walk-in fireplace, is also quite good.
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Our Rating Neighborhood The Foothills Phone 02/2548-206 or 09/9703-130 Prices $350 double, $725 family suite, rates include breakfast Units 8 Amenities Restaurant, bar, concierge, tour desk, limited room service, laundry service, smoke-free rooms Web site Hacienda LumiromaBook a Room Now